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October 30, 2013

ASOCS and ARM Collaborate to Develop Reference Design for Cloud RANs

ASOCS Ltd and ARM (News - Alert) Holdings announced a collaboration to jointly develop a full-fledged reference design for advanced mobile infrastructure devices. Following the launch of the jointly developed reference design, chip makers in the communications industry will be able to develop customized chips for all base stations by leveraging ARM processors integrated with ASOCS’ (News - Alert) MPUs. The new design will be unveiled at ARM TechCon 2013, where Barak Ullman, chief architect at ASOCS, will present a paper titled, "The ARM Cloud RAN Architecture.”

In a release, Gilad Garon, chief executive officer at ASOCS, said, “Cloud RAN provides significant capital and operational savings for operators by virtualizing baseband processing onto data centers, yet general-purpose microprocessors are impractical for handling the very high data rates required of 4G systems and beyond. Solutions based on the ARM/ASOCS reference design will provide silicon designers a highly cost competitive solution while strictly maintaining the full physical layer resources virtualization, while offering the programmability and upgradability of large scale Cloud RAN systems.”

The jointly developed solution will leverage ARM Cortex-A57 processors and ASOCS' modem processing unit (MPU), which provides a commercially feasible topology for cloud radio access networks (Cloud RANs). The new design will significantly cut-down on the costs and power consumption as compared to the currently available solutions in the industry.

Speaking of the development, Ian Ferguson, vice president of segment marketing division at ARM, said, “Service providers want to deploy robust Cloud RAN solutions without spending time tackling concerns about underlying hardware and services. The combination of the ARM Cortex-A57 processor with ASOCS's modem processor units delivers a high-performance and cost-effective Cloud RAN solution, which will significantly improve the power-efficiency of Cloud RAN networking equipment.”

ASOCS is engaged in the development and licensing of software-defined modems for broadband, wireless and mobile communications industry. ASOCS offers highly-available capacity baseband units for Cloud RANs and also for other small as well as large wireless infrastructure components. The company’s modem programming language (MPL) is the first open standard cross-platform programming language for physical layer solutions.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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